Big Bounce, The
- Publication date
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T), Bell Laboratories
Tells the story of the communications satellite project Echo, and shows how it was launched and how it operates. The story of Echo II, from the days when bouncing a radio signal off a big balloon was a big deal.
Communication satellites Space program
- Closed captioning
- United States
- Run time
Subject: Original Score?
The scene at 8:54 and on uses C-52A Mechanical Underscore, which is used in other Fairbanks movies. It is on Hi-Q reel L-18. There's another "Mechanical" bed during the Bombay sequence, and C-42A is heard at 1:28.
Subject: The Future Came Fast
satellites were already being developed. I can actually remember, as a little kid, standing in the backyard to see this balloon satellite pass overhead. It was about as bright as a medium star
and far easier to see than Sputnik had been.
Subject: First Step to the Future
Echo 1 reentered and burned up on May 24, 1968.
Subject: Keep an eye out
Subject: presenting a view to 'new' technology
Subject: The Big Bounce
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Subject: Quite an astounding little picture
Instead of being boring and scientific mumbo-jumbo like, the film packs a lot of suspense and drama into the film, the narration packs quite a punch and keeps us enthralled about whether the experiment will work or not. Mind you, the acting isn't the greatest from the scientists, but who cares? This is a taut little thriller, and deserves to be watched. Great soundtrack too!
Subject: Those were the days